CBSE Sample Papers for Class 10 English Communicative Set 4
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Time allowed: 3 hours
Maximum marks: 80
❖ The question papers divided into three sections :
Section A : Reading 20 marks
Section B : Writing and Grammar 30 marks
Section C : Literature 30 marks
❖ All questions are compulsory.
❖ You may attempt any section at a time.
❖ All questions of that particular section must be attempted in the correct order.
SECTION-A : READING
(Attempt all question from this section)
Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow:
1. Over the centuries, people have created many rituals to accompany the consumption of their favourite drinks—tea and coffee. Just think of the Japanese tea ceremony, British afternoon tea or the morning coffee ritual in countless societies. Why are these drinks so popular ? The answer is their secret ingredient- caffeine. In the modem world, the new caffeine ‘delivery systems’ are canned ‘energy’ drinks. The more modem our world gets, the more we seem to need caffeine. People have known for years that caffeinated drinks make you less tired and more alert. This dual power of caffeine to counteract physical fatigue and increase alertness is a part of the reason why it is the world’s most popular mood-altering drug.
2. Most people don’t think twice about their caffeine intake. However, it raises blood pressure and thus increases the risk of heart diseases. So, the widespread use of caffeine is now a cause for concern among scientists and public health authorities. On the other hand, much of the research suggests that caffeine may have benefits for human health. Studies have shown it helps to relieve pain, reduces asthma symptoms and increases reaction speed. Despite this, a study in Ireland recommended that children and pregnant women, among other groups, shouldn’t drink energy drinks.
3. ‘For most of human existence, the pattern of sleeping and waking has followed sunrise and sunset,’ explains Charles Czeisler, a neuroscientist at Harvard Medical School. ‘Electric lights’ and caffeinated food and drinks allowed people to follow a work schedule set by the clock, not by daylight or the natural sleep cycle’.
4. ‘Caffeine helps people to override the human rhythm that is in all of us,’ says Czeisler. ‘Nevertheless/ he says solemnly, ‘there is a heavy, heavy price to pay for all this extra wakefulness.’ Without adequate sleep – the conventional eight hours out of each 24 is about right- the human body will not function at its best, physically, mentally or emotionally, the doctor says.
5. According to Czeisler, the modem craving for caffeine is a ‘Catch 22 situation’. ‘The main reason that people want caffeine is to stay awake/ he says. ‘But the main reason that people can’t stay awake is they don’t get enough regular sleep because they use caffeine.’
1.1. Attempt any eight of the following questions on the basis of the passage you have read: [1 x 8 = 8]
(i) What rituals did people create to drink tea or coffee and also give example ?
(ii) Why are these drinks popular in many societies ?
(iii) How is caffeine delivered in the modern times ?
(iv) Why is caffeine the most mood altering drug ?
(v) What are the contradicting effect of caffeine on health ?
(vi) Who shouldn’t consume caffeine ?
(vii) How has caffeine and electric light altered the life pattern ?
(viii) What is the heavy price we might pay with caffeine dominating our lifestyles and inadequate sleep ?
(ix) Why is the ‘Catch 22’ situation mentioned in the passage ?
Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow : 
1. Peru’s Inca Indians first grew potatoes in the Andes Mountains in about 200 BC. Spanish conquistadors brought potatoes to Europe and colonists brought them to America. Potatoes are fourth on the list of the world’s food staples-after wheat, com and rice.
2. Today, Americans consume about 140 pounds of potatoes per person every year, while Europeans eat twice as many. One of our favourite ways to eat potatoes is in the form of potato chips. While Benjamin Franklin was the American ambassador to France, he went to a banquet where potatoes were prepared in 20 different ways. Thomas Jefferson, who succeeded Franklin as our French ambassador, brought the recipe for thick-cut, French fried potatoes to America. He served French fries to guests at the White House in 1802 and at his home, Monticello.
3. A Native American chef named George Crum created the first potato chips on August 24,1853, at Moon Lake Lodge in Saratoga, New York. He became angry when a diner complained that his French fries were too thick, so he sliced the potatoes as thin as possible, making them too thin and crisp to eat with a fork. The diner loved them and potato chips were bom. In 1860, Chef Crum opened his own restaurant and offered a basket of potato chips on every table.
4. Joe “Spud” Murphy and Seamus Burke produced the world’s first seasoned crisps, cheese and onion and salt and vinegar chips, in the 1950s in Ireland. In the United Kingdom and Ireland, crisps are what we, in the United States, call potato chips, while their chips refer to our French fries. Ketchup-flavoured chips are popular in the Middle East and Canada. Seaweed-flavoured chips are popular in Asia, and chicken-flavoured chips are popular in Mexico.
5. Other flavours from around the world include : paprika, pickled onion, bearnaise, meat pie, chili crab, salmon teriyaki, borscht, Caesar salad, roasted sausage, firecracker lobster, roast ox, haggis and black pepper, olive and spaghetti. About 27 pounds of potato chips are produced from 100 pounds of potatoes. Americans consume 2-4 billion pounds of potato chips every year and spend more than $ 7 billion a year on them.
2.1 On the basis of your reading of the passage, answer any four of the following questions in about 30-40 words each: [2 x 4 = 8]
(i) How did potatoes reach Europe and who were the first to grow potatoes ?
(ii) How did potatoes French fries became so popular in America and when ?
(iii) How can you say that potatoes are favourite in America and Europe ?
(iv) How were potato chips born ?
(v) In what manner has potato chips or fries become so important ?
2.2 On the basis of your reading of the passage, fill any two of the following blanks with
appropriate words / phrases. [1 x 2 = 2]
(i) Potatoes are fourth on the list of the world’s food staples
(ii) One of our favourite ways to eat potatoes is in the form of
(iii) Americans consume 2-4 billion pounds of potato chips every year and spend more than
2.3 Attempt any two of the following. Find out the words that mean the same as below:
[1 x 2 = 2]
(i) primary (paragraph 1)
(ii) eat (paragraph 2)
(iii) marinated (paragraph 5)
SECTION-B : WRITING AND GRAMMAR
(Attempt all question from this section)
(a) You ordered some books and stationery items from M/s. Oxford University Press, Darya Ganj, Delhi. When you checked the parcel, it contained damaged/defective items. Write a letter to the concerned firm to replace the things at their cost. Sign yourself as Sanjay/Sonia of M-3, Ashok Vihar, Bengaluru. 
(b) You are the sales manager of Helpline communications making an inquiry on I phones X advertised in The Herald. You need 25,000 pieces for the office you have opened.
Write a short story, in about 200-250 words, with any one set of the cues given below. Give a suitable title to the story.
Medina woke up to loud noises downstairs and she jumped out of bed and she ran down to see what it was… 
Jess, John and Kumar were excited to go the summer camp in Goa and they were eager with spirits high as they got piled into a bus which took them to the camp center…
Fill in any four of the following blanks choosing the most appropriate option from the ones given below. Write the answers in your answer -sheet against the correct blank numbers.
[1 x 4 = 4]
(a) Harish Mathur………..happy to get a new telescope as one of his birthday gifts.
(b) Harish………… gazing at the stars with his grandfather
(c) Mr.Mathur knows………… about the plantes and spaces.
(i) a lot
(ii) a lots
(iii) lots of
(iv) lot of
(d) He was a teacher for ………….. years in local schools.
(e) Harish has………. serious thoughts about becoming an astronaut.
In the following passage one word has been omitted in each line. Write the missing word, in any four sentences of the given paragraph, along with the word that comes before and the word that comes after it in the space provided. [1 x 4 = 4]
Rearrange any four of the following word clusters to make meaningful sentences. [1 x 4 = 4]
(a) class/ in/ our / writer/ Jasmine/ the/is/ most/ talented
(b) published/ she/ to/ be/ hopes/ a/ writer/ although
(d) used/because/ grandmother/her/tell/to/tales/folk
(e) would/ on/ sit/ she/ grandmother’s/listen/lap/ and/ her/to/stories/great
SECTION-C : LITERATURE
(Attempt all question from this section)
Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow. Write the answers in your answer sheets in one or two lines only. [1 x 4 = 4]
(a) “Not too bad – but far too long.
The technique was fine of course
But it lacked a certain force.”
(i) Why is the frog making the above comments ?
(ii) What defects does he point out in the nightingale’s songs ?
(iii) What was the reaction of the nightingale to the above comments ?
(iv) ‘It lacked a certain force’- Why is this ironic ?
(b) I’ll tell you what I’ve got to do. On Monday next I’ve got to do three things.
(i) To whom are these words spoken and by whom ?
(ii) What is the reaction of the listener to the speaker’s declaration ?
(iii) What made Abel decide on three things ?
(iv) In what manner was Abel’s decision a shock to his children ?
Answer any four of the following questions in 30-40 words each: [2 x 4 = 8]
(i) How did the poet come to know about the broken statue of Ozymandias ?
(ii) Why did the two boys survive only on one black bread and figs, despite making a decent earning ?
(iii) Why is Mrs. Packletide compared to ‘Nimrod’ ?
(iv) What surprising revelation is made by the ghost ? Why did the writer not believe her ?
(v) How does the poet compare ‘gilded monuments’ with ‘powerful rhyme’ ?
Attempt any one out of the two following long answer type questions in 100-120 words. 
(a) Discuss the character sketch of Mrs. Jordan and Mrs. Slater as opposed to the characters of their husbands.
(b) John’s apprehensions about his wife’s reaction to her encounter with the ghost are unfounded. Justify.
(a) Answer the following question based on prescribed novel text for extended reading in about 200-250 words. 
The Diary of a Young Girl
(i) How does Anne feel about the laws that restrict the Jews’ freedom ?
(ii) What role does the diary play in Anne’s life ?
(b) Answer the following question based on the prescribed novel text for extended reading in about 200-250 words.
The Story of My Life
(i) Describe Helen Keller’s stay at the Perkins Institute for the Blind in Boston.
(ii) Draw a character sketch of Anne Mansfield Sullivan highlighting her monumental efforts and patience to teach a deaf and dumb girl to speak and write.
- Over the centuries, people have created many rituals to accompany the consumption of their favourite drinks i.e., tea and coffee. Ex-Japanese tea ceremony, British afternoon tea etc.
- These drinks are popular because of their secret ingredient-caffeine.
- In the modem times, caffeine is delivered in the form of canned energy drinks.
- The dual power of caffeine to counteract physical fatigue and increase alertness is the reason why it is the world’s most popular mood-altering drug.
- Caffeine raises blood pressure and thus increases the risk of heart diseases. On the other hand, it helps to relieve pain, reduces asthma symptoms and increases reaction speed.
- A study in Ireland recommended that children and pregnant women shouldn’t consumer energy drinks.
- Electric lights and caffeinated food and drinks allowed people to follow a work schedule set by the clock, not by daylight or the natural sleep cycle.
- Without adequate sleep, the conventional eight hours out of each 24 is about right, the human body will not function at its best, physically, mentally or emotionally.
- The ‘Catch-22’ situation is an ironical situation as the main reason that people want caffeine is to stay awake but they can’t stay awake because they take caffaiene which doesn’t let them sleep for suggested hours.
2.1 (i) Peru Inca Indian were the first to grow potatoes in 200 BC in Andes Mountains and Spanish conquistadors brought potatoes to Europe.
(ii) When Benjamin Franklin was the American ambassador to France he found potatoes made in 20 different ways and when Thomas Jefferson succeeded him he found the French fries and brought it to America.
(iii) We can say that potatoes are the favourite for Americans as they consume about 140 pounds of potatoes every year and the Europeans eat double that amount.
(iv) When a diner complained that potato chips were too thick, the attending Native American chef named George Crum cut the potatoes so thin and fried them and that’s how potato chips were born.
(v) Potato chips have become so popular that there are so many flavours across the world and 2-4 billion pounds of potato chips are consumed every year which shows that potato chips are important.
2.2. (i) Potatoes are fourth on the list of the world’s food staples-after wheat, com, and rice.
(ii) One of our favourite ways to eat potatoes is in the form of potato chips.
(iii) Americans consume 2-4 billion pounds of potato chips every year and spend more than $7 billion a year on them.
2.3. (i) first
M-3, Ashok Vihar,
10th May, 20xx
M/s. Oxford University Press,
Sub.: Our Order No. 1105, dated 31st March, 2018
I had purchased some books and stationary item from you but the books sent by you are badly damaged. I think your assistant had not packed them with proper care. Some books are of old editions. They are tom and the pages are all scattered or missing.
It has become quite necessary for me to return the books. You are, therefore, requested to replace them and send the new books with great care. In the transaction, no fault lies on us. So, you are requested to bear the cost yourself.
I hope you will be careful in future and send the books at the earliest.
2nd line road, Military Line,
1st August, 20 xx Sales Manager,
25, Gurgaon- 6
Sub.: An inquiry for price of Mobile sets
Would you kindly give us a detailed information about the I phone X mobile sets recently advertised by you in “The Herald”. We are impressed by the description of the respective mobile set as advertised by you and would like to purchase if terms and conditions are found to be suitable. Our annual requirement of such set is around twenty-five thousand (25,000) pieces.
As we handle a lot of mobile sets each year, we hope and trust you will quote the most favourable prices and terms.
M. A. Kishore Purchase Manager
Fuss over nothing
Medina woke up to loud noises downstairs and she jumped out of bed and she ran down to see what it was. It was early in the morning and she came running to find out what was the commotion all about. She saw all the girls in the hostel talking aloud each discussing what made that noise. Someone said it was a box rolled over, some said it could be somebody who stalked and that got the girls spooked.
It was so typical of a girls hostel and I asked if anyone got around to check where the noise came from or if they were with the warden. But the reply was negative as they all had huddled together talking nonstop.
I took the courage to go check out though I was scared to the bones. I walked stealthily with a friend at my hand and soon found that the main door to the hostel has been left open scaring us more than ever before.
We rushed out to see who could have let the door open and we heard another scream, this time from my friend. When I turned to see what had happened, I saw an old branch from the tree fell near my friend and soon found that there was just another bigger branch that had fallen down. Now that we knew the reason for all the commotion, we all headed back to our rooms. I was unhappy that nothing more exciting happened.
Fire and bear
Jess, John and Kumar were enthusiastic to go to the summer camp in Goa and they were eager and had their spirits high as got piled into a bus which took them to the camp center along with the kids from other schools. They were excited to make new friends and the bus soon started rolling. The bus was noisy with all of the children talking and laughing loud. The camp director Mr. Kishore asked us to settle down and slowly the noise died and he introduced us to the rules and safety precautions we needed to follow through the trip until we got back.
The children were paired with other members and Jess, John and Kumar looked at one another with doubtful expressions and disappointment as they thought they would be together. But anyway, they were paired with Sheila, Sheena and Rohan. They had to do a few chores together like cleaning the camp site, fetching water from the nearby river, keeping watch at night and helping in the kitchen. The kids enjoyed chores though a little grumpily as they were not used to work much at home but they were picking up.
They went trekking, long walks, taking log of the flora and fauna for their report and nights were fun as the groups got together to report their findings and experiences around the camp fire. At night John and Rohan had to keep a watch and not let the fire die. They talked for sometime and dozed a little when Rohan alerted John that there was a bear nearby. They soon got alert and saw the bear approaching them. They immediately got alert and showed their torch lights steadily at the bear’s eyes for minutes which seemed like eternity for the two and waited in patience until the bear left them, as bears do not like bright light shining at them and soon it was dawn they were ready to tell their thrilling night watch experience.
(c) a lot
(a) Jasmine is the most talented writer in our class.
(b) Although she hopes to be a published writer.
(c) Jasmine would like to study communications as well.
(d) Because her grandmother used to tell her folk tales.
(e) She would sit on her grandmother’s lap and listen to her great stories
(a) (i) The frog is making the above comments because he wishes to impress the nightingale as if he is an expert and let him train her.
(ii) The frog states that her songs lacked energy and were too long.
(iii) The nightingale was impressed with the comments of the frog as she was very vulnerable and innocent.
(iv) The above given line spoken by the frog is ironic because the frog has force for sure, but no finess in his voice.
(b) (i) These words are spoken by Abel to his family.
(ii) The family is taken a back when they hear Abel stating that he is going to do something about the present predicament.
(iii) Abel decided on those three things due to the family’s negligence towards him.
(iv) Abel’s decision was shocking for his children because they thought in spite of being so complacent and negligent they can come back and take their father’s property.
(i) The story of Ozymandias was told to the poet by a speaker who had met the traveller from an ancient land. The story of Ozymandias’ statue have been passed through generations by the word of mouth. This escalates a hint of obscurity and mystery to the statue.
(ii) Nicola and Jacopo were desperate to make as much money as possible in order to provide for the medical care of their sister Lucia, who was undergoing a treatment for T.B. They worked late at night and often waited for the last bus to sell the unsold papers because every bit mattered and that’s why they survived only on one bread and figs.
(iii) Nimrod is considered a biblical legendary hunter known for his prowess and it is clear that Mrs. Packletide is such a person who is having true penchant for the sport. The author uses the comparison to convey out her vanity and make a mockery of her.
(iv) The writer is pleasantly, surprised that all the good plots for his ghost stories have been inspired and fueled by the ghost Helen. The writer finds it very difficult to believe in the ghost as he had never seen her before. But the ghost states that she had sat on his shoulders prompting the plots for his stories.
(v) Both ‘gilded monuments’ and ‘powerful rhyme’ are used in memory of someone. The poet, however feels that his love for his friend will stand the test of time when monuments might be destroyed.
(a) Both Mrs. Slater and Mrs. Jordan are clever, mean and manipulative without a tinge of empathy towards their father. They are ready to reap the benefits without doing anything for it. We see Amelia take away her father’s slippers, bureau and clock; while Elizabeth takes away her father’s watch. The ladies are not concerned about their deeds but rather have more pleasure in being presentable and showy for their father’s funeral. They are carried away by appearances and look at their father’s death as a part of drama where they need to be right in their costumes.
(b) John believed that his wife was a sensitive little woman who was too scared of even a mouse. A real heart attack would happen to her if she saw a ghost in her living room. But his doubts were unfounded. Lavinia did not tremble for a moment and patiently observed and listened to Helen, the ghost. She never swooned and there was a satisfied smile on her face instead. She seemed more confident than John expects and is glad that Helen is actually helping John. John’s apprehensions about his wife’s reaction seems baseless instead he finds that there is a satisfied smile on her face.
(a) (i) The Franks left Germany to live in Holland because they felt they could escape persecution. After the Germans invaded Holland in 1940, however, the same laws imposed in Germany were extended to the Netherlands. Anne thinks that the laws are unjust but she does not completely understand why the Jewish people have been singled out for this discrimination. She wishes that next time the Jews will be chosen for something good rather than something ‘ bad. Anne feels that it is unfair that the Jews cannot use streetcars, they must wear yellow stars, and must attend a particular Jewish school. Nonetheless, she is still optimistic about her family’s safety and feels relatively secure about her future. Anne accepts the restrictions as a fact of life in Amsterdam and she is thankful to the Dutch people for their sympathy, especially the ferryman, who let the Jews ride the ferry because they are not allowed to ride streetcars.
Once the SS call up for Margot, Anne realises that she is not safe from the Nazis. Her entire life and worldview is quickly transformed as she is forced into hiding. As Anne hears about more of her friends being taken to concentration camps, her fears grow and she questions why the Jews are being restricted. She also questions why she remains relatively safe while her friends outside have to suffer so much. Anne says that she does not blame the Dutch people for her family’s misfortune and her sense of perspective allows her to realise that the non-Jewish Dutch also suffer greatly during the war. When she hears that the Dutch are becoming more anti-Semitic, she is disheartened but remains optimistic about humanity.
(ii) When Anne first begins writing in her diary as a thirteen-year-old girl, she feels that her friends and family all misunderstand her. Thus, she first turns to the diary as a new friend and confidant, counting on the diary to be the sympathetic, non judgmental friend she has been unable to find elsewhere. Once she goes into hiding in the Annexe, Anne feels even more misunderstood. She thinks her mother is cold and callous and feels that the other adults consider her a nuisance. The diary offers Anne much solace in the Annexe because she is in the need of companionship. Until she befriends Peter, she has no one other than her diary with whom she can openly share her fear, anger, sadness and hope. Anne calls the diary “Kitty,” indicating that she considers it a close friend. She writes to Kitty as if it was a person.
Writing conscientiously in the diary helps Anne redirect her resilient feelings instead of expressing them outrightly and causing damage to the fragile relationships within the Annexe. When everyone around her is feeling anxious and tense, Anne turns to her diary for comfort because she does not want to burden the already strained adults with her own concerns. In this way, Anne becomes very independent at a young age.
Moreover, Anne’s constant diary-writing enables her to discover her inner voice and her ability as a writer. The diary gives her the private place to explore her increasingly profound thoughts and ideas. Looking back after two years in the Annexe, Anne is able to look at the invaluable record of her experiences and analyse how she has grown and changed. In this sense, the diary becomes a substantial and a significant tool for Anne’s maturity.
(b) (i) It was Alexander Graham Bell who advised Helen’s parents to contact the Perkins Institute for Blind for her education. This was the same institute where Laura Bridgman, a deaf and a blind child had been educated and it was located in South Boston. Michael Anagnos, the director, asked the former student Anne Sullivan to become Keller’s instructor. Miss Sullivan herself was visually impaired.
Helen made friends with the little blind children. It was a unique pleasure to talk with other blind children in her own language. Until then, she had been speaking through an interpreter like a foreigner. All the eager and loving children gathered a round her and joined heartily in her frolics. They would enjoy reading the books with their fingers. They were so happy and contented that she lost all sense of pain in the pleasure of their companionship. With the blind children she felt thoroughly at home in her new environment.
Helen learnt to speak in the spring of 1890. The impulse to utter audible sounds had always been strong within her. Mrs. Lamson, who had been one of Laura Bridgeman’s teachers came to see Helen. She had taught a deaf and blind child to speak in Norway. Helen resolved that she would learn to speak. Miss Fuller offered to teach her and gave eleven lessons in all. Her first connected sentence was, “it is warm.” This was the beginning of a new journey that would take Helen places and become a source of encouragement to many across the globe.
Miss Anne Mansfield Sullivan had been the singular and paramount influence on the life, character and achievements of Helen Keller. She gave a new direction, meaning and purpose to Helen’s dark life. Miss Sullivan inherited all those traits and characteristics that go into the making of a perfect teacher. She was a picture of tireless patience and unending devotion. It was her constant encouragement, help and guidance that made Helen Keller, the first deaf and blind in the world to earn a bachelor’s degree.
It was Graham Bell who advised the parents of Helen Keller to contact the Perkins Institute for the Blind. The director, Mr. Anagnos asked a former student Miss Anne Sullivan to become Keller’s instructor. Miss Sullivan was herself a visually impaired 20 years old lady. It was the beginning of a 49-year-long relationship. The relationship evolved into Miss Sullivan becoming Helen’s governess and then eventual companion. Anne Sullivan arrived at Keller’s house in March 1887. She immediately began to teach Helen to communicate by spelling words into her hand, beginning with “d-o-1-1” for the doll. It was Miss Sullivan who unfolded and developed Helen’s skills and possibilities. It was Sullivan’s genius as a teacher, her sympathy and her loving tact Which made learning so beautiful and interesting for Keller. She felt that she was inseparable from her student. All that was best in Helen Keller had been awakened by the loving touch of Miss Sullivan. Anne Sullivan stayed as a companion to Helen Keller long after she taught her. Anne Sullivan married John Macy in 1905. She remained a constant companion to Keller until she died in 1936.
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